Photography by Nikki P. Photography
Tiara Smith-Wilson Large
Received a $10,000 scholarship as winner of the Boys & Girls Clubs’ 2013 Alabama Military Youth of the Year competition.
“I have learned to just be myself and people will love me for who I am.”
Fifteen-year-old Tiara Smith-Wilson stands out in everything she does. Known for her intelligence, athleticism and compassion, she’s definitely a triple threat. Not only does the Robert E. Lee high school sophomore maintain some of the highest grades in her classes, but she also participates in travel softball and competes on a highly competitive level. “Softball is my favorite activity,” she said. “I can be myself, and I’m the kind of girl that likes to get down and dirty when I play.”
Even with everything she has going on, Tiara makes helping others a priority. Whether it’s making time to volunteer at the local chapter of the Boys and Girls Club or helping her classmates understand difficult material, it’s obvious that lending a hand to others is just part of who she is.
picturing the future
Tiara admitted she’d like to be famous one day for her softball skills, but in college she plans to major in photography. “I love pictures, and I really do believe a picture can tell a thousand words. My dream job is to open my own photography business.”
PG (parental guidance) rating
“I appreciate and admire my parents for the way they carry themselves. They’re the type of people you look up to, and I’m proud to be their child. I try to mimic them each in different ways but am still myself.”
Parents Tonia and Vincent have a motto they live by when it comes to their children. “We trust you until you give us a reason not to trust you.” At 15 years old, their daughter Tiara is able to juggle countless extracurricular activities, maintain superior grades and makes time to volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club. “We are proud that Tiara is a good girl that stays out of trouble,” Tonia said. “We taught her morals and values at a young age that she continues to hang on to.”
parent to parent
“Allow your kids to have some freedom without being overprotective. This prepares them for the challenges they’ll have to face in life. Also, always have great communication with them. We ask a lot of questions and have open discussions about everything. Communication is always key.” -Tonia Smith-Wilson